Survey Indicates Hiring Project Managers Will Be a Top IT Priority in 2013; Cheetah Learning Video Reveals How to Leverage PM Opportunities

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Computerworld, “The Voice of IT Management,” recently surveyed 334 executives, 40 percent of which indicated they plan to hire personnel with project management skills in the next 12 months. The Project Management Professionals (PMPs) at Cheetah Learning ( have prepared an in-depth, PM-oriented video to help interested job seekers take advantage of such opportunities.

“New PMPs earn $10,000 more than non-PMPs,” LaBrosse observed. “PMPs who have held their credentials over five years typically earn more than $25,000 more than a non-PMP.”

Hiring project managers is expected to be a top-tier priority in 2013, according to a survey of IT executives. That’s a trend that upcoming graduates, former military and mid-career job changers should note. The Project Management Professionals (PMPs) at Cheetah Learning ( are offering a video to help job seekers determine if PM represents an optimal occupational opportunity.

The comprehensive video is entitled “What is a PMP?” and is available at The recent survey, which involved 334 IT executives, was published by Computerworld, which bills itself as “The Voice of IT Management.”

When answering a question regarding plans to “hire for this skill in the next 12 months,” Project Management was listed in second place, with a 40 percent response. Programming and Application Development was listed first, with 60 percent; Help Desk/Technical Support was third, at 35 percent.

Michelle LaBrosse, Cheetah Learning’s CEO and founder, affirms the positive outlook for project managers: “People with the Project Management Professional certification are highly sought after by employers all over the world,” she said.

Cheetah Learning is a Registered Education Provider (REP) through the Project Management Institute (PMI) and was named Professional Development Provider of the Year in 2008 by PMI for its accelerated approach to teaching. In addition, PMI has selected Cheetah CEO and founder LaBrosse as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Project Management in the World.

Cheetah’s “What is a PMP?” video points out that Project Management Professionals are considered mission-critical organizational assets, adding that the Federal Government has mandated that, “Any projects receiving Government funding need to have certified project managers.”

It also indicates that 15 million people worldwide consider themselves Project Managers, yet only 500,000 have been certified—and that certification makes a difference in terms of hiring, pay scale and promotion.

In PMI’s most recent comprehensive survey, to which 30,000 project management practitioners in 29 countries responded, the median annualized salary worldwide (in U.S. dollars) was $92,000; in the U.S., the figure was $105,000. The data was reported across all roles and experience levels.

“New PMPs earn $10,000 more than non-PMPs,” LaBrosse observed. “PMPs who have held their credentials over five years typically earn more than $25,000 more than a non-PMP.”

In addition, CNN Money has identified the Project Management field as “One of the top five ways to increase your salary.”

Prior to Cheetah’s “Accelerated Learning” method, participants typically studied for six months to prepare for the Certification Exam to get their Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. The fail rate: 40 percent.

In 2001, Cheetah Learning introduced “Accelerated Learning.” This intense yet entertaining approach took only four days; the increase in the number of people who passed the Certification Exam was dramatic: An average of 97 percent.

For more information about Cheetah Learning and its various offerings, visit or call (888) 659-2013. Outside the U.S., call (602) 220-1263. The video “What is a PMP?” can be viewed at

ABOUT: Cheetah Learning is a Project Management Institute Registered Education Provider and is International Association of Continuing Education and Training Certified. Cheetah was awarded the Project Management Institute Professional Development Provider of the Year for 2008 for the significant contribution it made to the field of project management with its accelerated approach to teaching and doing project management. Cheetah Learning is a quality client of Print & Radio (

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